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Del. Morrissey Denies Allegations of Relationship with Minor

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) - Delegate Joe Morrissey spoke to media during a news conference Tuesday after he was indicted on sex charges for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

Morrissey denied the allegations, saying he did not have sex with the girl at his law offices. He also stated that on August 20, one of the dates in question, he was in Charles City County meeting with constituents.

Morrissey says the girl's story never changed during the investigation. He alleges that police attempted to get the girl her story, saying that police told her that if she did, she could sue Morrissey for $2,000,000. According to Morrissey, the girl called special prosecutor "unprofessional" during the grand jury hearing.

Morrissey goes on to say that the evidence is overwhelming that someone hacked into his and the girl's phones and planted nude photos on them. He claims that a 24-year-old girl hacked the cell phone of the victim and sent fake text messages and photos.

When asked if he planned to resign, Morrissey said there was "not a chance in hell" that he would.

Morrissey surrendered to authorities at the Henrico County jail around 6 p.m. Monday night. He is now out after posting $50,000 bond.

The charges include supervisory indecent liberties with a minor, electronic solicitation of a minor, possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

In August, Henrico Police were called to Morrissey's home by the father of a 17-year-old girl. The girl had been hired as a part-time receptionist at Morrissey's office after saying she was 22. She went to Morrissey's home to discuss a family matter with her mother's approval.

The girl has told authorities that she did not have a sexual relationship with Morrissey, and Morrissey has said he had no relationship with her.

Commonwealth's Attorney for Henrico County, Shannon L. Taylor released the following statement:

"I appreciate the service of the Grand Jury and the seriousness with which they and Spotsylvania County Commonwealth's Attorney, Mr. Bill Neely, approached this matter. I am confident that, going forward, the same seriousness of purpose will prevail and the justice system will do its job, whatever its determination."

If convicted on all charges, Morrissey could face more than 30 years in prison.

Stay with 8News for updates in this developing story.


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